Testimony from people both for and against the ban on partial-birth abortion came before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Liz Cafer has the story from Jefferson City.
Those who want to ban partial birth abortion showed a video of an alternative proceedure.
This was meant to show that modern medical technology allows doctors to avoid partial birth abortion.
Bill Luetkenhaus, a Democrat from St Louis County, said it's an issue of taking care of babies.
Bill Luetkenhaus said it used to be in this country that the safest place for a baby was in its mother's womb under this proceedure that isn't the case.
The committee did not take a vote on the bill.